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January 14|25 2018

The future of blurred boundaries between humans and machines is a recurrent theme in science fiction. This future is today.

Join us for two weeks of discussions, lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and cultural and recreational events that will inspire our shared vision for a brighter, human-machine future. 

Is the future human?

Sensors monitor our state, health and behavior, relaying this data to configure a digital signature that is as much part of us as our biometric traits. Fed at petabyte levels, our digital signatures allow increasingly powerful machine learning algorithms to learn from the continuous data streams we generate and anticipate our needs and behaviors as consumers. 

Machine learning algorithms can increasingly mimic the function of our brain and will soon establish a direct interface that allows for the seamless control of robots. Robots are endowed with powerful sensorial capacities in order to interact with other humans, as well as their robotic avatars, through virtual networks that may eventually replace much of our human-to-human interactions. 

While this human-machine future offers to bring about unlimited potential, it also creates risks—of losing our privacy and the social traits inherent to our human nature. We live in a world where machines are increasingly embedded in our everyday lives. Machines shape our individual identities, social interactions, and society as a whole. During the 2018 Winter Enrichment Program (WEP), we invite you to immerse yourself in a diverse and stimulating program, touching on the opportunities and risks of a future where the boundaries between machines and humans will become even more diffuse. 

 



Sunday, January 14, 2018

Facebook On-Air Interview with David Edwards

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By David Edwards

The KAUST Facebook On-Air Series *Speaker to be confirmed David Edwards, a creator, writer and educator who teaches at Harvard University, will be interviewed during WEP as part of the Facebook On-A ... more

Art, Science and the Invention of Things That Last

Location: Building 20, Auditorium

By David Edwards

  Aesthetic Creation Aesthetic creation involves a close collaboration between discovery, invention and cultural exhibition, as well as between learning and producing value. It is typified by t ... more

Discovering the World While Creating It

Location: Building 19, Level 1, Mosti Auditorium

By David Edwards

David Edwards, a creator, writer, and educator, teaches at Harvard University and is founder and director of Le Laboratoire in Paris, France. His work, which spans the arts and sciences, has been feat ... more